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Battle of Resaca

The Battle of Resaca
May 13-15, 1864

Gen. Joseph E. Johnston had withdrawn from Rocky Face Ridge to the hills around Resaca. On the 13th, the Union troops tested the Rebel lines to pinpoint their whereabouts. The next day full scale fighting occurred, and the Union troops were generally repulsed except on the Rebel right flank where Sherman did not fully exploit his advantage. On the 15th, the battle continued with no advantage to either side until Sherman sent a force across the Oostanula River, at Lay’s Ferry, towards Johnston’s railroad supply line. Unable to halt this Union movement, Johnston was forced to retire.


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Battle Facts


  • Atlanta Campaign

Battles In This Campaign



  • May 13 - 15, 1864

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Estimated Casualties

  • 2,747 UnionUnion Flag
  • 2,800 ConfederateConfederate Flag


  • Inconclusive

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